I have this thing about dates. As in, days on the calendar kind of dates.
I remember birthdays, anniversaries, and other "important" dates easily.
Most of the time, this is a good thing. Sometimes it's a hard thing.
Dates that have good times and memories associated with them are fantastic to remember.
But then there's the other kind of dates. The dates seared in my mind because they weren't so happy. And sometimes I don't know how I'm going handle that date until I'm there.
Sometimes I wish my brain wasn't so good at remembering dates. There are some dates that I wish I could wipe the significance of out of my mind. Sometimes I just want to enjoy a day without thinking about the significance of the date. I may be far past the hurt that happened, but every time the date rolls around, I know what it signifies.
Today's one of those days. One of those days where the date has some previous hurt attached to it. And I'm doing okay. But part of me wishes this day didn't hold any significance... that nothing would trigger when I look at the calendar.
But that's not the case.
I do remember the date. And I remember the hurt. And I remember the pain of that day two years ago.
But God's teaching me something.
He's reminding me that I don't live there anymore.
He's reminding me of the healing that he's done in my life since then.
He's reminding me of the laughter I've shared since then.
He's reminding me that he is the redeemer of my days.
Two years ago, I wouldn't have thought that was possible. But now?
Now I know.
I know God heals.
I know God redeems.
I know God has a plan and a purpose for everything.
I know God loves to hear me laugh.
And I know he has redeemed this date. This date is no longer one that signals pain, hurt, and heartache, but is instead a date that reminds me of true friendship, laughter, healing, and God's promises and care.
"This is what the
says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow." Isaiah 48:17